Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

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For the minister responsible for citizenship and immigration issues in the Canadian province of Ontario, see Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Ontario).
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Incumbent
Chris Alexander

since 15 July 2013
Department of Citizenship and Immigration
Style The Honourable
Member of
Appointer Governor General of Canada
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder Sergio Marchi
Formation 30 June 1994
Website www.cic.gc.ca
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The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (French: Ministre de la Citoyenneté et de l’Immigration) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for overseeing the federal government department responsible for immigration, refugee and citizenship issues, Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The Minister is also responsible for the Immigration and Refugee Board.

The current Minister is The Honourable Chris Alexander.

Ministers[edit]

Prior to 1950, the responsibilities of the original Citizenship and Immigration portfolio were largely within the post of Minister of Reconstruction and Supply, with the Indian Affairs branch the responsibility of the Minister of Mines and Resources. In 1966, the portfolio was largely replaced by that of the Minister of Manpower and Immigration, while the Indian Affairs branch was relocated to the new portfolio of Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

Prior to 1994, the responsibilities of the current Citizenship and Immigration portfolio were divided between the posts of Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship and Minister of Employment and Immigration. When the post of "Minister of Citizenship and Immigration" was resuscitated in 1994, those two portfolios were substantially revamped.

Key:

Ministers of Citizenship and Immigration (1950–1966)[edit]

No. Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1 Walter Harris January 18, 1950 June 30, 1954 Liberal 17 (St. Laurent)
2 Jack Pickersgill July 1, 1954 June 21, 1957 Liberal
Davie Fulton (Acting) June 21, 1957 May 11, 1958 Progressive Conservative 18 (Diefenbaker)
3 Ellen Fairclough May 12, 1958 August 8, 1962 Progressive Conservative
4 Richard Albert Bell August 9, 1962 April 22, 1963 Progressive Conservative
5 Guy Favreau April 22, 1963 February 2, 1964 Liberal 19 (Pearson)
6 René Tremblay February 3, 1964 February 14, 1965 Liberal
7 John Robert Nicholson February 15, 1965 December 17, 1965 Liberal
8 Jean Marchand December 18, 1965 September 30, 1966 Liberal
POST DISCONTINUED 1966–1994 2025

Ministers of Citizenship and Immigration (1994– )[edit]

No. Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1 Sergio Marchi June 30, 1994 January 24, 1996 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)
2 Lucienne Robillard January 25, 1996 August 2, 1999 Liberal
3 Elinor Caplan August 3, 1999 January 14, 2002 Liberal
4 Denis Coderre January 15, 2002 December 11, 2003 Liberal
5 Judy Sgro December 12, 2003 January 13, 2005 Liberal 27 (Martin)
6 Joe Volpe January 14, 2005 February 5, 2006 Liberal
7 Monte Solberg February 6, 2006 January 3, 2007 Conservative 28 (Harper)
8 Diane Finley January 4, 2007 October 29, 2008 Conservative
9 Jason Kenney October 30, 2008 July 15, 2013 Conservative
10 Chris Alexander July 15, 2013 Incumbent Conservative

From 1966 to 1977 the immigration portfolio was under the Minister of Manpower and Immigration and from 1977 to 1996 under the Minister of Employment and Immigration.

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